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Suppose one were to mekadesh a woman using a valuable coin that is literally worth less than a perutah, but the same coin technically carried an additional value.

For example: a 1943 1 cent Lincoln steel penny can literally be used as 1 cent... but technically also has a value of $1,625.

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If one were to use such a coin to mekadesh a woman would the kiddushin be valid?

Namely, if a person specified this 1 cent coin that WOULD NOT be halachically valid, can we say that since the coin ALSO carries an additional value that is significantly more than a perutah that the kiddushin WOULD be valid?


(a bit similar to this question but def not the same. That question emphasizes the stipulation, this question emphasizes the difference in value and how one of the values would halachically be invalid)

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    I assume it goes by the market value... – robev May 14 at 3:13
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    שווה פרוטה means "buying power" not "nominal value" of an object. If $1600 can be bought with this cent, it is worth $1600. Even if the groom did it unintentionally (he thought it is only a cent) – Al Berko May 14 at 12:25
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    @AlBerko If he did it unintentionally he never meant to do Kiddushin. – DonielF May 14 at 15:58
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As the gemara rules (Kiddushin 12a) that if the object isn't worth a Perutah here but is worth more than a Perutah in another place, the Kiddushin are valid.

Ebay is such "another place" where the bride can use the full worth as it is an accepted marketplace, and the prices there are valid market prices.

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    Is that an accurate extension? In the case here the penny it's worth a penny according to everyone... but at the same time also worth $1625 according to everyone. That seems to be a different metzius than the gemara. – alicht May 14 at 13:08

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